Very little is known about the life of Giusto Lodico. Born in Palermo, he studied to become an elementary school teacher and subsequently tutored privately and taught in both Palermo and Alia (Li Gotti

, Il teatro dei pupi

, 109). Yet this otherwise obscure figure has been a household name in Sicilian popular culture since the late 1850s, heralded as the ultimate authority in matters concerning Charlemagne and his knights. His towering reputation stems from his authorship of

La storia dei paladini di Francia cominciando da Milone conte d’Anglante fino alla morte di Rinaldo

[The History of the Paladins of France from Count Milone of Anglante to the Death of Rinaldo], which became the foundational text for Sicilian puppet theater in the following decades.

Lodico’s almost

1726 words

Citation: Cavallo, Jo Ann. "Giusto Lodico". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2012 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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